This is a washed Kenya AA Top lot from Ichuga wetmill in Nyeri county. Muchoki is one of 4 wetmills - or 'factories' - operated by Kiama farmers' co-operative society. The co-op has 3,549 members, of which 690 deliver cherries to Muchoki for processing. The farmers occupy land on the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya and western slopes of the Abedare range, at altitudes of 1,200 - 1,800masl. Varietals cultivated include SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 and Batian.
This coffee utilises a traditional fully washed process using freshwater from Gathiururuko stream. Cherries are delivered to the wet mill where they undergo careful sorting to select only the ripest for processing. Red ripe cherries are de-pulped and then fermented in water for 12-48 hours (depending on climatic conditions). The purpose of fermentation is two-fold: firstly to break down the remaining sugary mucilage, and secondly to develop more complexity in the cup. From here the coffee is washed & graded in clean water channels and then dried slowly in the sun on raised African beds for around 3 weeks.
For such a must-have Kenya, no amount of explanation is superfluous. With the great vibrancy of kumquat, tangerine & grapefruit sweetness, bright blackcurrant fruitiness that you often find in Kenyan coffee. A refreshing coffee that makes a cure for the hot afternoon.